The ongoing effects of Covid-19 feature prominently in the latest issue of the INTOSAI Journal, as audit staff around the world adjust to the new normal.
IDI's Petra Schirnhofer and Marie-Hélène Bérubé of the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation discuss the positive role SAIs can play in monitoring and mitigating the effects of Covid-19 on women and girls, who are being affected disproportionally by the crisis. By integrating a gender lens into their audits, SAIs can ensure that their reports have a positive impact for all citizens. Read the full article here.
Participants in IDI's SAI Young Leaders initiative shared their experiences working under new and often challenging conditions. Young leaders from Botswana, China, Costa Rica, The Gambia, Jamaica, Kosovo, Malaysia, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Tunisia, and Turkey discuss their strategies for adapting to the new situation and how they see leadership evolving as a result of Covid-19. Read the full article here.
Claire Schouten of the International Budget Partnership (IBP) shares results from the latest Open Budget Survey, where the vast majority of governments assessed "failed to reach the minimum threshold for adequate budget transparency and oversight under international standards". IBP has launched a global call to action to encourage all stakeholders to promote open budgets and improved accountability. IDI has joined with IBP in this call, and the two organisations will be releasing a joint report later this year on the role of audit in open budgeting. Read the full article here.
There are many more interesting and informative articles in this latest edition of the INTOSAI Journal. Read the entire Summer 2020 issue here.